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FILE - In this May 9, 2008, file photo, male sage grouses fight for the attention of females southwest of Rawlins, Wyo. Judge Brian Morris said in a late Friday, May 22, 2020 ruling the Trump administration failed to protect habitat for a declining bird species when it issued energy leases on hundreds of square miles of public lands in Wyoming and Montana. (Jerret Raffety/The Rawlins Daily Times via AP, File)

Judge strikes down US energy leasing rules in bird habitat

May. 26, 2020 5:18 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A U.S. judge has dealt another blow to the Trump administration's efforts to increase domestic oil and gas output from public lands, saying officials failed to protect habitat for a declining bird species when it issued energy leases on hundreds of square miles. Judge Brian Morris...

Thousands on bicycles protest against government in Slovenia

May. 22, 2020 3:02 PM EDT

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Thousands of Slovenians on bicycles staged a new protest Friday against the center-right government, continuing weekly protests that started at the height of the new coronavirus outbreak. The demonstrations started last month following reports of alleged political pressure in...

Tennessee puts $5.7M from VW settlement into bus projects

May. 21, 2020 2:52 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee officials are using $5.7 million from the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal settlement for transit bus replacements in three cities. The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation announced Wednesday that the funding will go to the Chattanooga Area Regional...

FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2016 file photo, a Pacific fisher takes off running after being released into a forest at Mount Rainier National Park, Wash. The Pacific fisher, a weasel-like carnivore native to Oregon's southern old growth forests, has been denied endangered species protection in the state, the latest twist in a legal back-and-forth that has continued for 20 years. In the decision issued last week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declined to grant the fisher threatened status in southern Oregon and northern California, citing voluntary conservation measures as effective in protecting the woodland creatures. Today, biologists estimate anywhere from a few hundred to a couple thousand fishers live in Oregon, most near the California border. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

US: Weasel-like mammal endangered in southern Sierra Nevada

May. 20, 2020 6:51 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Reversing course again in a 30-year-old battle over protection of a weasel-like mammal that eats porcupines, the U.S. government is declaring the Pacific fisher endangered in the southern Sierra Nevada but denying protection elsewhere in California and Oregon. The Fish and Wildlife...

Andrew Wheeler, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, speaks during a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee oversight hearing to examine the Environmental Protection Agency, Wednesday, May 20, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Kevin Dietsch/Pool via AP)

Democrats decry 'pandemic of pollution' under Trump's EPA

May. 20, 2020 3:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats on Wednesday blasted the Trump administration's moves to roll back environmental regulations during the coronavirus crisis, with one senator saying a "pandemic of pollution'' has been released. The Environmental Protection Agency has weakened regulations dealing with fuel...

Miami-Dade firefighters Christian Blanco, left, and Matthew Gutierrez, put out spot fires, Thursday, May 14, 2020, off 26th Street in Golden Gate Estates, Fla. (Jon Austria/Naples Daily News via AP)

I-75 reopens in southwest Florida as wildfire continues

May. 14, 2020 9:04 PM EDT

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — A section of Interstate 75 known as Alligator Alley reopened Thursday afternoon after four brush fires that eventually merged in southwest Florida caused it to close a day earlier, authorities said. The four fires merged and grew into a 8,500-acre (3,440-hectare) fire on Thursday,...

FILE - In this March 28, 2005 file photo a sign posted outside a water well indicates perchlorate contamination at the site in Rialto, Calif. The Environmental Protection Agency has said since last year it is considering four options for dealing with perchlorate contamination in drinking water, including not adopting any regulation at all. EPA spokeswoman Corry Schiermeyer denied reports that the Trump administration had decided to go with the do-nothing option. She confirmed, however, that the agency expected to send a recommendation to the White House Office of Management and Budget “shortly.”  (AP Photo/Ric Francis, File)

EPA: Still deciding on contaminant that lowers kids' IQs

May. 14, 2020 6:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An Environmental Protection Agency proposal to drop any federal regulation of a water contaminant shown to damage infant brains would translate to lower IQs and other problems for an unknown number of American babies, pediatrician and public health groups say. The EPA has said since last...

Obamas, Oprah join Chicago project reading to kids online

May. 14, 2020 3:23 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Barack and Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey have joined the ranks of famous Chicagoans who are reading children's books in videos posted online by the Chicago Public Library to engage families during the coronavirus pandemic. The former president and first lady's video of “The Word...

A helicopter, carrying a bucket, flies near a brush fire in Golden Gate Estates, Fla., on Wednesday, May 13, 2020. Crews worked to contain four brush fires totaling about 400 acres and threatening 30 homes in the Estates. (Jon Austria/Naples Daily News via AP)

Wildfires shut stretch of Interstate 75 in southwest Florida

May. 13, 2020 8:54 PM EDT

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Four brush fires burning a total of about 400 acres (162 hectares) shut down a section of Interstate 75 in southwest Florida on Wednesday, officials said. One of the fires threatened about 30 homes in the Collier County area of Golden Gate Estates, according to the Florida Forestry...

FILE - In this June 22, 2018, file photo, construction crews are boring beneath U.S. 221 in Roanoke County, Va., to make a tunnel through which the Mountain Valley Pipeline will pass under the highway. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has suspended a nationwide program used to approve oil and gas pipelines, power lines and other utility work, spurred by a court ruling that industry representatives warn could slow or halt numerous projects over environmental concerns. (Heather Rousseau/The Roanoke Times via AP, File)

US judge says new pipelines need more review

May. 12, 2020 12:57 AM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A U.S. judge on Monday revised a recent court ruling that threatened to hold up thousands of utility projects crossing streams and wetlands, but left in place a requirement for new oil and gas pipelines to undergo further environmental review. The ruling from U.S. District Judge...